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Illness of the President and the 25th Amendment Should a president or presidential candidate be required to disclose information about his health to the public and press Presidents consider strength an essential aspect of leadership and many conceal their illnesses and state of health from the public eye Presidency 1 There have been seven medical cover-ups in the White House three of them being attempts to keep the public out of the Presidents private life Ferrell 1 Fourteen out of the past nineteen United States Presidents have been seriously ill while in office Dougherty 1 and one out of every five Presidents did not survive their full term Another two-thirds died prematurely after leaving the White House Young 3 The 25th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1967 to deal with illness of the President However it was needed much earlier in history President Madison was the fourth President of the United States His term in office was one of the first times in US history that an official plan that deals with Presidential illness was needed In 1817 he suffered from a high fever for three weeks Many White House visitors during this time spoke of the President being in a state of delirium He was so deranged during this period that many White House officials thought he was unable to do his job effectively Young 4 William Henry Harrison was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1841 He delivered the longest inaugural address ever It was very cold outside and he had no overcoat on Ferrell 2 Shortly afterwards President Harrison developed pneumonia with hepatitis and became very ill Annas 4 The doctors in the 1800s were less educated and many practiced
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